- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A man convicted of having supplied drugs that caused a woman’s death has been sentenced to four to 13 years in prison despite pleas for leniency from the victim’s parents.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Kemp was convicted of drug possession and drug delivery resulting in heroin death in the January death of 21-year-old Elizabeth Kline Smeltzer at Kemp’s home.

Her parents, both pastors, had called for a term of no more than two years with drug treatment and recovery support.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller called their intentions “admirable” but said her office must also take into account the law and sentencing guidelines.

After sentencing, she said in a statement that Kemp aware of the dangers posed by the drugs but chose to ignore them and “for that, he bears responsibility.”



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